It is perfectly ok to indulge on special occasions, but when it becomes a binge, we need to take action. You’re not alone if you are having trouble fitting into those jeans this week. Let’s make a pact this year to re-balance our bodies so that we can sail through this busy season without the extra pounds or feeling blah by New Year’s Day.
Here are 3 tips we can use to inspire us to stay healthy over the next few weeks:
1. Put away or get rid of ALL the tempting food. Don’t leave tempting foods out in the open. Wrap up all the pieces of pie and put it in the freezer, way back behind the bags of peas and corn. As for the leftover food, do you really want to eat the rest of those butter laden mashed potatoes? If not, toss them or take them to work and let others eat them. Seems wasteful, doesn’t it? I am all about clean living, but I would rather get rid of my temptations instead of seeing it on my hips.
2. Get out and EXERCISE! Put on those workout clothes (also a great reminder to be healthy!) and get to the gym. Even a brisk walk around the neighborhood can work wonders and get your heart pounding. Besides moving your body, this will also stabilize your blood sugar levels and cause some of those cravings to diminish. Really. It works! What also works is after you exercise, you might not want to waste that 40 minute elliptical workout with a cookie.
3. Start the day with protein. I think I mention this a lot, so forgive me. BUT it is true. Now that you have had days of carbs, your body is starting to call for the sugar. The more your body gets, the more it wants. You can break this pattern by eating a healthy breakfast with a good amount of protein. My standard breakfast is a protein shake made of Vegachocolate protein powder, hemp milk (sometimes almond milk), frozen banana, blueberries, flaxseed oil, and kale. (Alright, if you are new to all the leafy green talk, you can skip it). This really balances my blood sugar first thing in the morning so that I don’t spike all day. And, oh yeah, eating every 3 hours can also keep balance so there is no need for that sugar.
I hope these tips make the holiday season a bit more enjoyable, energetic, and guilt-free. Please share your comments below and let me know how you will stay healthy this season. Big thanks!